Intraocular Lens Implants

During cataract surgery, your eye's natural lens, which has become cloudy, is removed and replaced with a permanent artificial lens implant called an intraocular lens (IOL).

IOLs are made of flexible, foldable plastic and are only about one-third the size of a dime. Before these lens were developed most people had to wear extremely thick glasses or special contact lenses to see after cataract surgery.

Now there are several different types of IOLs available for patients to select from. The different types will affect how you will see when you are not wearing eyeglasses. You and your ophthalmologist will work closely together to determine which choice is best for you, either traditional or premium IOLs.